China in space.ITEM: Florida Today Florida Today is the major daily newspaper serving Melbourne, Brevard County and the Space Coast region of Florida. It was founded in 1966 by the Gannett corporation. waxed enthusiastic over Communist China's recent space launch. The "Chinese 'taikonaut' returned safely to Earth ... after a 21-hour orbital flight that put the world's most populous nation into a very exclusive club: It is now one of just three nations to have built their own rocket and sent one of their citizens into space, a technological feat previously accomplished only by Russia and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ."
The paper, which boasts of "Serving Florida's Space Coast," urged on October 16 that President Bush should "seize the moment and do something we recommended a year ago--invite the Chinese to become partners in NASA's International Space Station program.... That would open the door to other cooperative efforts in the future...."
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Unified organization of China's land, sea, and air forces. It is one of the largest military forces in the world. The People's Liberation Army traces its roots to the 1927 Nanchang Uprising of the communists against the Nationalists. , this space mission was Project 921. China is already using help from the U.S. and Russia--stolen, reverse-engineered and otherwise obtained--to advance its program with its obvious military applications.
This launch, as noted in Aviation Week & Space Technology, included a military twin-optic Earth-imaging system, and likely carried an electronic intelligence eavesdropping Secretly gaining unauthorized access to confidential communications. Examples include listening to radio transmissions or using laser interferometers to reconstitute conversations by reflecting laser beams off windows that are vibrating in synchrony to the sound in the room. payload. Chinese officials have admitted, as reported by Deutche Presse-Agentur, that they are working on lasers and missiles capable of destroying satellites at the same time Beijing and Moscow are promoting an international ban on space-based missile defenses.
The Shenzhou spacecraft "Shenzhou" redirects here. For the Ming Dynasty artist, see Shen Zhou. For the name of China also translated as "Divine Land", see Names of China.
Shenzhou (Chinese: 神舟; Pinyin: clearly had a Russian Soyuz design, noted several experts. In addition, said Russia's Kommersant, "The spacesuits for Shenzhou and Soyuz differ only by the Russian and Chinese flag sewn to the sleeves." And Russia has long been given access to valuable U.S. space technology.
The Long March 2F rocket booster that launched the Shenzhou, reports China Reform Monitor, "was perfected with design recommendations by U.S. engineers that cost American taxpayers billions of dollars to develop [as part of] the 'Missile Gate' scandal during the Clinton Administration." Major U.S. aerospace firms were eventually fined for "giving technology to help China overcome problems in its rocket launchers," reported the San Jose Mercury News The San Jose Mercury News is the major daily newspaper in San Jose, California and Silicon Valley. The paper is owned by MediaNews Group. Its headquarters and printing plant are located in North San Jose next to the Nimitz Freeway (Interstate 880). .
More cooperation could have dire consequences. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee The term Armed Services Committee could refer to: